Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Koishikawa Botanical Garden
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
By hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Avoid crowds - this garden is under the tourist radar
4.0 of 5 bubblesDec 2019
With its many species, labeled and explained, this is truly a research and educational garden. In fact, it is the Tokyo University Graduate School of Science Botanical Garden. It was begun in 1684 by the Tokugawa Shogunate as the Koishikawa Medicinal Herb Garden.   There was a laminated English map at the entrance booth, but we were only given a map in Japanese - there were no available English maps for visitors.  We used the Japanese map to get around.  The woman at the ticket booth marked our map for the momiji area and the Japanese garden, but we knew where to look having visited here previously for sakura.  The momiji tunnel was indeed beautiful. We noticed on the English map mention of a "Sweet Potato Monument” so we penciled it into our Japanese map and made sure we found it to photograph it (Not very exciting, but how often do you get to see a Sweet Potato Monument?)  The grounds are large enough that even though there were many other visitors we did not feel that it was overly crowded.  We did have to wait at times for people to move so that we could photograph just the garden. The birders standing still with their long lens cameras, the young couples and families out for a day, and the painting class students sitting in prime spots around the lower pond, all ended up in some of our photos as did the signs, marking significant trees and plants. The garden proved to be a good place to visit for koyo, as it had previously been for sakura.     Visitor tips: Be prepared for a long walk through a residential area to the garden from the station. The grounds are quite extensive so plan on spending a long time there. From the upper garden to the lower pond and Japanese garden requires walking a path down a steep slope. You can also walk down the hill under the trees off the path - this is a shorter and more direct route, but requires attention to your footing. Do not confuse the Koishikawa Botanical Garden with Koishikawa Korakuen near the Tokyo Dome. ¥400 entrance fee when were there, but it now appears to be ¥500

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Neighbourhood: Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro is an area of massive development. Several thousand tenants occupy two giant department stores and shopping malls, where all sorts of shopping and gourmet foods can be enjoyed. The 60-story building at the east entrance of the station, Sunshine City, is a landmark within Ikebukuro and features an aquarium, planetarium, theme park as well as an observation platform. The popular name for the western side of this area is "Otome Road" (Maiden Road) and there are many shops selling products related to anime with a female theme. It has rapidly become the worldwide headquarters for ‘otaku’ or geek culture.
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,545 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
It takes 15 minutes on foot from Myogadani Subway Station and you might need about one hour and half to go around. I visited on January 4th which is the very first opening day of a year.it has a Japanese garden too but basically this is a botanical garden to see may plants, flowers so the Japanese garden itself was not so elegant .
Off curse no flowers were seen now but maybe good depending on the season.
Written 4 January 2022
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont7,509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
With its many species, labeled and explained, this is truly a research and educational garden. In fact, it is the Tokyo University Graduate School of Science Botanical Garden. It was begun in 1684 by the Tokugawa Shogunate as the Koishikawa Medicinal Herb Garden.  

There was a laminated English map at the entrance booth, but we were only given a map in Japanese - there were no available English maps for visitors.  We used the Japanese map to get around.  The woman at the ticket booth marked our map for the momiji area and the Japanese garden, but we knew where to look having visited here previously for sakura.  The momiji tunnel was indeed beautiful. We noticed on the English map mention of a "Sweet Potato Monument” so we penciled it into our Japanese map and made sure we found it to photograph it (Not very exciting, but how often do you get to see a Sweet Potato Monument?) 

The grounds are large enough that even though there were many other visitors we did not feel that it was overly crowded.  We did have to wait at times for people to move so that we could photograph just the garden. The birders standing still with their long lens cameras, the young couples and families out for a day, and the painting class students sitting in prime spots around the lower pond, all ended up in some of our photos as did the signs, marking significant trees and plants.

The garden proved to be a good place to visit for koyo, as it had previously been for sakura.    

Visitor tips:
Be prepared for a long walk through a residential area to the garden from the station.
The grounds are quite extensive so plan on spending a long time there.
From the upper garden to the lower pond and Japanese garden requires walking a path down a steep slope. You can also walk down the hill under the trees off the path - this is a shorter and more direct route, but requires attention to your footing.
Do not confuse the Koishikawa Botanical Garden with Koishikawa Korakuen near the Tokyo Dome.
¥400 entrance fee when were there, but it now appears to be ¥500
Written 25 November 2020
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Miles P
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The hot-house is now under construction, and a typhoon had just blew the place to bits. Still, it was a very pleasant way to see and I look forward to seeing it in the future.
Written 16 October 2019
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David M
Vero Beach, FL11,096 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is a real botanical garden, displaying a lot of plant species from around the world, but also featuring a lot of Japan, with a generous collection of flowering cherries, relaxed Japanese gardens, and some very impressive untrimmed crape myrtles. A new conservatory, almost certainly for display, is under construction.

The garden is not close to a subway or rail station, so requires some walking or other transportation. The entrance isn't on a main street, so some kind of map is advisable. In the vicinity of the gate, the garden's wall is distinctive and so are the trees, so there's no mistaking that you are approaching.

Main paths are easily navigated, but a substantial hill slope means that some routes are pretty much restricted to people who can walk; wheel chairs might be dubious. The garden has plenty of space for children to romp.
Written 21 April 2019
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,884 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
I visited the Botanical Garden many years ago. So I wanted to visit again to enjoy cherry blossoms. It was the day before Spring Equinox. Unfortunately, however, Someiyoshino Sakura was not yet blooming. I wish I could have visited a few days later between Spring Equinox and the end of March.
Written 5 April 2019
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Dr. Shibuyakko
California44,075 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Nice garden to visit during sakura season. If you go, take a stroll on nearby Harimazaka which is lined by many sakura trees.
Written 31 March 2019
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Silvio_SP_BR
Sao Paulo, SP99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Business
The botanic garden is owned by the University of Tokyo. There are sights to explain the trees and other plants. Enjoy the Japanese Garden that is beautiful, and increase your knowledge on introduction of foreign plants and species in Japan. Go to the museum and buy hand paint cards.
Written 17 April 2018
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travel_tings_07
California93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
It took awhile to get here from Shinjuku with about 35 min train ride and a 15 min walk from the train station to the gardens. Since my fiance and I went in mid-February of 2018, not much were growing or blooming yet in winter, but we did see that plum blossoms were starting to bloom. They have a nice variety of plum trees and flower colors, which created an interesting effect at the end of the park.
Written 3 April 2018
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Mish_H50
Japan382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
isolated (though in the middle of the city!), not crowded and huge- its a great place to get away from the crowds and really enjoy the foliage and the quiet surroundings. the Japanese maple tunnel is breath taking- rivals Kyotos best foliage spots. Well worth a visit if you want to see foliage, and walk around a garden away from the crowds.
Written 4 December 2017
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gordonj258
Blackpool, UK6,378 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Well laid out gardens with species named in Latin and some in English. Not as interesting for me as other gardens as no water features and the emphasis is on growing beds etc rather than trying to achieve great scenic views. There are some fabulous mature trees. Worth a trip if in the area. Usual entry fee Y300 (£2.20 GBP) 50% discount for seniors.
Written 9 May 2017
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